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The Grapevine (Dec. 21)

  • Published Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at 7:52 a.m.
  • Updated Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at 7:55 a.m.


Christmas-tree recycling

Christmas-tree recycling locations in Sedgwick County are now open through Jan. 13. Here are the sites, where you can also pick up free mulch made from the chipped trees. Remove all decorations before recycling trees.

In Wichita: Boston Park, 6655 E. Zimmerly; Buffalo Park, 10209 Hardener; College Hill United Methodist Church, First and Erie; Earhart Environmental Magnet School, 4401 N. Arkansas; Edgemoor Park, 5815 E. Ninth St.; Extension Education Center, 7001 W. 21st St.; Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th St. North; Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 Museum Blvd.; Osage Park, 2121 W. 31st St. South; and South Linwood Park, Hydraulic and Mount Vernon.

Outside Wichita: Cheney, East South Avenue and Garfield; Clearwater, Aquatic Center parking lot; Colwich, 115 N. Third St.; Derby, 2700 E. Madison; Garden Plain, at the water tower; Kechi, 107 Sioux; Maize, 201 S. Park; Mount Hope, 400 S. Thomas; Mulvane, 117 E. Main; Park City, 6801 N. Hydraulic; Valley Center, Veterans Park.

Christmas cactus care

Christmas cactus may drop blooms if stressed by radical shifts in light or watering regimes, though this isn’t a sign that the plant is dying. Keep plants in a bright room but away from direct sunlight. As with poinsettias and cyclamen, the blooms will last longer in a room that is kept on the cool side. In flower, keep the soil moist but not wet – the pot must drain. After blooming, allow the plant to rest by cutting back watering.

Washington Post

Keeping fruit baskets

A holiday tradition is to give gifts of fruits and nuts, Ward Upham of Kansas State University says. If you’re fortunate to be a recipient, here are tips for storing the fruit, which will usually keep no longer than three or four weeks.

• If all the products in the basket are tree fruits (such as apples, pears, oranges or grapefruit), you can place the entire basket in a cool place – around 40 degrees for best results.

• If the basket contains any bananas or other tropical fruits (with the exception of citrus), remove those fruits and store them separately.

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